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Michael Tierney

George & Mary Hylton Professor of International Relations; Director Global Research Institute (GRI)

Office: GRI office: 427 Scotland Street
Links: [[mjtier, Email]] and {{, Webpage}}
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 pm.
Research Interests: International Relations, International Organization, Development Policy, China's Development Finance, and Academic-Policy Divide


Professor Tierney received a B.A. from William & Mary in 1987 and a Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego in 2003. Professor Tierney teaches courses on International Organizations and International Development Policy.  He is also Director of William & Mary's Global Research Institute, and a PI on the TRIP Project and a co-founder of AidData. Professor Tierney is currently working on three projects. The first uses open source data to explain the allocation and effectiveness of foreign assistance from China. The second explores the impact of teaching and research in the university on the beliefs and behavior of practitioners. The third employs methods of participant observation to describe and experience the globalization of multi-grained beverages.


International Politics, International Organization, International Relations in Disciplinary Perspective, and the Politics of Global Development Policy

Publications and Working Papers

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